Tinsel in Your Wake: An Ode to 2017

By John K. Fulweiler

When you read this, the holiday wrapping and New Year’s happenings will be lost in a frothy wake of tinsel and eggnog. Memories of your overstuffed cousin and cloying father-in-law (“Call me ‘Pop’”) are harder to shake. Sometimes, you get marked up most by things you have to tolerate with a grin and a nod, which observation brings me neatly around the windward mark and headed downwind. Staggering upright, let me list the annoyances flooding past my legs during last year and, yeah, you legal wonks, I worked a few maritime legal bytes into the mix, so go grab a can of bulkhead remover and relax.

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Blue Water Sailing Club Educational Series

The Blue Water Sailing Club is hosting three off-water seminars designed to enhance the enjoyment and safety of cruisers and offshore sailors. The first is DIY Solar Panel and Refrigeration: Planning and Installation. BWSC member Bernie Coyne will discuss his recent project of adding solar panels and new refrigeration to his J/46 Mystic Rose. The seminar is January 13 from 9:15am - 12pm at the Jubilee Yacht Club in Beverly, MA. Coyne will be joined by BWSC member Steve Lee, who will discuss a simpler, out-of-the-box approach to solar. The cost is $10 per person. Participants are required to register by January 10 at bluewatersc.org.

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What’s New for 2018

From exciting educational opportunities and the builder of some of the loveliest boats on the water being acquired by a marine industry veteran to the return of a favorite biennial race week, new partners for the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic and the announcement of a campaign to bring the America’s Cup back where it belongs, there are plenty of great stories for the new year.....

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Storm Trysail Foundation Announces the US Sailing Sanctioned 2018 Hands-On Safety-at-Sea Seminar

Suny Safety at SeaThe Storm Trysail Foundation announces it will host its annual US Sailing sanctioned Hands-on Safety-at- Sea Seminar on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at SUNY Maritime in the Bronx, NY. As in past years, the 2018 SASS will be a combination of classroom instruction and practical, hands-on application of the subjects taught.

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The Moorings & Sunsail Announce Reopening of British Virgin Islands Charter Base

Moorings SunsailClearwater, FL — (December 11, 2017) The Moorings and Sunsail, two of the most trusted names in yacht chartering, are pleased to announce the grand reopening of their British Virgin Islands charter base on December 9th, 2017, just three months after the Caribbean’s record-breaking hurricane activity.

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New Owner for Alerion Yachts

Alerion yachts(NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI) November 20, 2017 - Alerion Yachts, the luxury daysailing brand renowned for its combination of stunning, traditional lines and modern sailing performance, is now owned by a marine industry veteran who brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the brand.

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The Moorings Announces New Sailing Charters in Antigua

Moorings AntiquaClearwater, FL — (November 7, 2017) The Moorings, the world’s premier yacht charter company, is pleased to introduce Antigua as their newest sailing destination. Bareboat and skippered sailing charters in this stunning cruising destination are now available to book for departures beginning November 4th.

Photo Courtesy of The Moorings
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Hal Slater Acquires Brewer Yacht Sales

Hal Slater Brewer Yacht SalesAs of August, Brewer Yacht Sales (BYS) is now a preferred partner of Safe Harbor Marinas. Recently acquired by longtime BYS broker Hal Slater (pictured), BYS will continue to operate at key Safe Harbor locations and will maintain its close relationship with Safe Harbor’s Brewer brand.

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Hinckley Yacht Services Opens in Stamford, CT

Peter ManionThe Hinckley Company has announced that Hinckley Yacht Services Stamford is now open for business and hauling yachts for winter storage. Peter Manion (pictured), who has joined Hinckley as the General Manager of the Stamford, CT yard, will report into Chief Operating Officer Mike Arieta in Portsmouth, RI. The facility has lifting capacity up to 80 tons, indoor heated rack storage for 46 boats, 25 fully equipped slips, a fuel dock and pump out station, and offers a variety of repair services.

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Harding Sails Partners with Elvstrøm Sails

Elvstrom Sails Harding SailsDanish sailmaker Elvstrøm Sails A/S has announced the appointment of Harding Sails in Marion, MA as their exclusive New England representative.

“We are proud to become part of this traditional and strong brand, which I am confident our market and customers will welcome onboard,” said Graham Quinn, President of Harding Sails. ”A renowned sailmaker for more than 60 years, Elvstrøm Sails is one of the largest sailmakers in Europe with a strategic focus on superior sail design and construction complemented by excellent customer service.  I think that sounds quite like our philosophy at Harding Sails.”

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